Monthly Archives: May 2014

I.W. Harper Bottled In Bond, 4/5qt, 1940-1944

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Bonded Beam, pint, 1941-1945

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1941-1949

This is the earliest Very Old Fitzgerald I’ve seen. I’d be interested to hear from anyone who has seen an earlier one.

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Old Forester Sputnik Decanter, Bonded, 4/5qt, 1952-1957

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Very Old Fitzgerald 8yr, 1950-1958

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, Half Pint, 1953-1959

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Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1949-1961

This is an early 12-year. At this point they hadn’t made the distinction between Very Old, Very Xtra Old, and Very Very old Fitzgerald. The earliest 12-year I’ve seen was a 1948-1960, one year before this bottle. Also, note the red tax strip. Even though this bottle is 100 proof, it couldn’t be marked as bonded because the bottled-in-bond period maxed out at 8 years until the law was changed in 1962.

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Old Taylor 4yr, 86pf Decanter, 4/5qt, 1962

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I.W. Harper Bottled In Bond, 1/2 gal, 1957-1962

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Old Forester Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1957-1963

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Old Forester Bonded Decanter, 4/5qt, 1958-1964

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1953-1965

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1954-1966

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Very Xtra Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 1957-1967

The 10-year old version was called Very Xtra Old Fitzgerald. This one came in the nice gift box, which stained the label red over the decades. I’ve been told the gift boxes were a separate purchase from the bottle, which is it seems random as to why some bottles have them and others don’t.

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Very Xtra Old Fitzgerald 10yr, 1958-1968

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Old Fitzgerald Colonial Decanter, Bonded, 4/5qt, 1963-1969

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Wild Turkey 8yr, 4/5qt, New York, 1970

Wild Turkey 8 year, 101 proof was the staple of the line for decades. Unlike many brands, Wild Turkey kept the age statement and higher proof for a long time, which led to its perception of high quality. The ages started to drop in the 1990s, and the proofs have only recently started to go down.

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Old Fitzgerald “Old Ironsides” Decanter, Bonded, 4/5qt, 1965-1971

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Maker’s Mark VIP Bottle, 4/5qt, 1972

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Old Fitzgerald Prime Triangular Holiday Decanter, 4/5qt, 1975

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Very Very Old Fitzgerald 12yr, 1963-1975

This Very Very Old Fitzgerald was bottled in 1975. Notice that the distillery is listed as “Old Fitzgerald” instead of Stitzel-Weller. This change came along in 1972 after the sale of the company by the Van Winkle family. Also, this bottle has a screw cap instead of a cork.

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Old Grand Dad 86pf, 4/5qt, 1975

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Old Fitzgerald Prime 6yr, 86pf, 4/5qt, 1977

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Old Crow “Traveler” 80pf, 750ml, 1977-1979

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Old Grand Dad Bottled In Bond, quart, 1971-1978

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Wild Turkey 8yr, liter, 1979

Wild Turkey 8 year, 101 proof was the staple of the line for decades. Unlike many brands, Wild Turkey kept the age statement and higher proof for a long time, which led to its perception of high quality. The ages started to drop in the 1990s, and the proofs have only recently started to go down.

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, 750ml, 1974-1980

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Old Taylor Bonded, 750ml, 1971-1980

 

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Old Taylor Bonded, 750ml, 1972-1980

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Wild Turkey 8yr, liter, 1980s

Wild Turkey 8 year, 101 proof was the staple of the line for decades. Unlike many brands, Wild Turkey kept the age statement and higher proof for a long time, which led to its perception of high quality. The ages started to drop in the 1990s, and the proofs have only recently started to go down.

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I.W. Harper 80pf 4yo 200ml, 1980-81

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Old Grand Dad 114, Lot 5, 750ml, 1981

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, 1981 – 200ml

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Old Weller Original 107pf, 750ml, 1981

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Eagle Rare 10/101, Lawrenceburg, 750ml, 1981

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Benchmark 86pf Louisville, 200ml, 1982

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Cabin Still 86pf, 750ml, 1982

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Maker’s Mark 90pf, 500ml, 1983

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Old Fitzgerald Prime 80pf, 750ml, 1988

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J.W. Dant Bottled In Bond, liter, 1989

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Wild Turkey 12yr Gold Foil Label, 750ml, 1990

The 12 year is many people’s favorite in the Wild Turkey lineup. It started with the “Beyond Duplication” bottles in the early 1980s, which was replaced by the “cheesy gold foil” label bottle in the mid-80s, then the split-label in the mid-90s. The export market got the Beyond Duplication and gold foil labels longer than the US market. Finally, the export-only version persisted in a few markets. All are top quality pours.

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Old Grand Dad 86pf, 1.75L, 1991

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Old Fitzgerald Prime 80pf, liter, 1992

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Old Grand Dad Bottled In Bond, pint, 1993

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, 375ml, 1996

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Old Fitzgerald Bonded, 750ml, 1997

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Wild Turkey Old no 8 Brand, 1.75L, 1998

Wild Turkey 8 year, 101 proof was the staple of the line for decades. Unlike many brands, Wild Turkey kept the age statement and higher proof for a long time, which led to its perception of high quality. The ages started to drop in the 1990s, and the proofs have only recently started to go down. The Old no. 8 Brand replaced the 8 year, in a classic marketing move.

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Eagle Rare 10/101, Frankfort, 750ml, 2004

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Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve 10/101, 750ml

Russell’s Reserve 10 year 101 proof was a much-loved product by Wild Turkey, It debuted in 2001, and by 2005 it had been reduced to the less-popular 90 proof version available today. Fans still love the 101 proof version.

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